September 21st, 2021
Hello blog readers!We heard an important message today, and I hope each of you makes time to listen, or to re-listen, as you seek to grow in faith and life.The blog is going to take a break from offer...
September 12th, 2021
Hello blog readers!We heard an important message today, and I hope each of you makes time to listen, or to re-listen, as you seek to grow in faith and life.You can find the message at UPPC.org, or eve...
Restore the Joy of My Salvation
August 29th, 2021
What restores your soul? We've spent the summer talking about "Fun," that is, the child-like experience -- and even permission -- of joy, delight, and fun, and why these experiences are integral to o...
On Being an Amateur
August 22nd, 2021
The word "amateur" is not in the Bible. But the word is derived from the root "to love," so an amateur is someone who engages in a pastime for FUN. Rather than as a profession. Unfortunately, there...
But I am So Exhausted
August 15th, 2021
Busyness. We've talked about it a lot as a church, as a culture, and definitely from the pulpit. But the fact of the matter is that no matter how much we talk about it, it continues to knock our liv...
From De-creation to Re-creation, Part 2
August 8th, 2021
From Pastor Aaron: As I shared last week, disconnection from God begins the de-creation process. De-creation is the brokenness of this world. It's the world of burnout, unrelenting stress, burden, hea...
From De-creation to Re-creation, Part 1
August 1st, 2021
This week's scripture is Jeremiah 4:22-30, a sobering image of "de-creation." Hard to be thankful for a passage like this one, as it's not really one that "sounds fun." But there are two words we mu...
Escapism vs. Re-Creation
July 25th, 2021
A couple of days before I delivered this teaching on June 25, my family returned home from five days of trailer camping near Wenatchee. Camping is an interesting blend of work and fun, isn't it? Whet...
The Humor of Jesus
July 11th, 2021
Who doesn't like to laugh? There was a woman once who went to get a mammogram at a Franciscan hospital, where it was customary to put Bible verses on the walls. In the mammogram clinic, the verse so...
Holding the Tension between Joy and Suffering
July 4th, 2021
Holding the tension between joy and suffering is one of life's greatest challenges. It's not by choice that we make our way into this world. At times, we will bring suffering on ourselves, and at ot...
Longing for Eden
June 27th, 2021
Here's some good news that many of us don't actually think about each day:"You are alive today!"The last year and a half has been difficult for so many reasons, and that challenge has led to suffering...
The True Struggle and Victory
June 22nd, 2021
In March of 1999, I had a profound experience of praying in the Spirit for a friend, and rejoiced when she shared her testimony of being freed from spiritual attack. For the whole story, click here.I...